In Memoriam

Homeless Memorial Candles (2)Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.  It’s also National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a day of observance for those who have passed away while experiencing homelessness.

Last night, The People For Fairness Coalition held an overnight vigil in Freedom Plaza for the lives lost this year in the District and to stand in support of affordable housing programs that could ensure that no man, woman, or child has to die while living on the street or in shelters.

Today, the National Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the community will come together to honor and celebrate the memories of these men and women. Services will begin at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Avenue, NW) at noon, and a walking memorial procession will follow from 1pm-2pm.

The Legal Clinic honors the lives of all the men and women below and will continue to advocate for a right to housing so that soon there will be no names to read.

In Memoriam

Graddy Baxter
Christian Blake
Larry Bowles
Bruce Crayton
Gwendolyn Dawkins
Eloise “El” Early
Patrick Early
Howard Franklin
Andrew Shepherd Green
Allison Lee
Jefferson McNair
Johnny Molloy
Manuel Morales
Thomas Norman
Michael Richardson
Johnny Carlyn Rossettos, Sr. (“Charlie Noodles”)
Elgin Sanders
Joyner Savage
Pedro Sorto
Sheila Young
David Waters
Paul Wayne White

About Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.
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